Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has asked President Bola Tinubu to make use of traditional rulers to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country.
The monarch spoke on Friday, during a courtesy visit by the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) to the president at the state house conference centre, Abuja.
Ooni, who is the co-chair of the NCTRN, said Tinubu should not underestimate what traditional rulers can do, given their closeness to the people.
“There are areas we will like to work with you, one of which is security. It is time to use us the more, we are not saying we are idle…but to make your work easier, use us,” he said.
“The foundation of this country today are the traditional rulers. We are here to pledge our loyalty and support. We want to work with you to ensure you leave a legacy.”
Also speaking, Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad, the sultan of Sokoto, said the visit is a customary one by the monarchs whenever there’s a change in leadership of the country.
The sultan said the monarchs do not envy Tinubu at this time, with the numerous challenges facing the country.
He, however, expressed confidence that with the combination of himself and Vice-President Kashim Shettima, they will deliver.
“We thank God for the smooth way the elections took place. Many negative people thought this country will collapse but we are still here,” he said.
“We are here for you, for our people and our country. If you don’t reach out to us, we will reach out to you.
“We wish you the most successful tenure in good health.”
Also in attendance is George Akume, secretary to the government of the federation.